Hornets stop Cumberland for first win
David Clemmons, the head basketball coach at Metcalfe County High School, said he couldn’t be any prouder of his players after the Hornets knocked off Cumberland County Tuesday night by a score of 60-57.
“I was pretty excited about how hard our kids battled last night,” said Clemmons. “We were down nine going into the fourth quarter and outscored them 22-10 in that period. It was the first district win Metcalfe County has had in two years.”
The game went back and forth throughout with Cumberland County taking the early advantage, 14-11 at the end of the first period. The Hornets came fighting back, but still trailed by 10, 35-25, at the intermission. Metcalfe County was able to cut away at the Cumberland County lead slightly, trailing by nine, 47-38, as the third period came to a close.
Spencer Noe led Metcalfe County in scoring with 18 points, while Colby White had 12 and Lance Zurmehley tallied 10. Kyle Bryant scored eight and Logan Bell chipped in with seven points. Ty McMurtrey scored five.
“I am hoping thise win gives our kids a little confidence and allows them to believe they can compete,” said Clemmons. “We’re not talking about a number of wins we need to get this season, we’re striving to compete at a high level every game. We competed against Cumberland County and we got the results we wanted.”
Metcalfe County will host Clinton County on Friday. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
Free throws cost Falcons in loss
The Monroe County Falcons couldn’t convert at the free-throw line Tuesday night and it ended up costing them as they dropped a 76-63 decision to Clinton County.
“We struggled with our free-throw shooting tonight,” said Monroe County coach Steve Kirkpatrick. “We missed six in a row (in one stretch).”
Clinton County jumped on top to take a 19-10 advantage after the first period. But Monroe County came fighting back to outscore Clinton County 18-13 in the second period to cut the CCHS lead to four at 32-28 as the teams left the floor at the intermission.
Dillon Geralds and Devin Gearlds led Monroe County in scoring with 17 points each. Skyler Geralds had 13 points and John Austin Geralds tallied six points.
Caleb Veach scored four points for the Falcons, while Garrett Crowe had three, Lincoln Arnett scored two and Gibril Summers tallied one.
The Falcons will now hit the road for a big district battle at Barren County on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Metcalfe County girls lose 34-23
The Metcalfe County Lady Hornets struggled offensively Tuesday night and the end result was a 34-23 loss to Cumberland County.
Cumberland County led 6-5 after the first period, but outscored Metcalfe County 8-2 in the second quarter to take a 14-7 advantage into the locker room.
The Lady Hornets converted only nine of 50 shots from the field.
“Right now we are very unsure of ourselves,” said Metcalfe County coach Pete DiStefano. “We need a vocal leader and some consistency from someone or, better yet, several people. I thought Cumberland County came into our gym and wanted to win very badly, and we did not match their will to win.”
The Lady Hornets will host Clinton County on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.